Fishermen Demand an End to ‘Saiko’ ( illegal transshipment of fish) on Ghanaian Waters

The Central Region branch of the Ghana National Canoe Fishermen Council (GNCFC) has called on the government to take urgent steps to end the illegal transshipment of fish from Ghanaian waters.

They said increasing activities of trawlers in Ghanaian waters and illegal transshipment activities, popularly called “Saiko” is depriving many artisanal fishermen and others involved in the artisanal fishing sector of their livelihoods and making them poorer.

 

Spokesperson for the fishermen and an executive member of GNCFC, Nana Kweigyah, said though the government made a specific statement on stopping Saiko in the 2020 budget, it was obvious that very little had been done practically to fight the menace.

 

He continued that,Saiko remained a threat to food security and nutrition, jobs, income security and national security.